Antarctica

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Alone on the Ice

German explorer Martin Szwed claims to have shattered the speed record for a solo ski to the South Pole last year. He has revealed no GPS data, no photos—no proof whatsoever that he even attempted the journey. Since his return from the icy continent, he has lost his house, job, and sponsors and is the subject of two investigations by the German government. Should anyone believe him?

Eric Larsen
Jan 20, 2016

How to Dogsled Across Antarctica

In 'Think South,' Cathy de Moll explains how a team of explorers pulled off one of the 20th century’s most challenging expeditions

Stephanie Pearson
Oct 2, 2015

The Last U.S. Heavy Icebreaker Ships Out

With 75,000 horsepower and the ability to smash through 20 feet of ice, the Polar Star is the country's last ship capable of deep Antarctic missions. She's also 10 years past her retirement date with no replacement in sight.

Jeff Foss
Dec 15, 2014

How Do I Get to Antarctica?

Snagging a trip to Antarctica has never been so simple. Still, it's one of the trickiest places in the world to visit. Here are the five ways to get there.

Eric Larsen
Nov 20, 2014

The 13 Toughest Races in the World

What happens when you take away the road, the cheerful volunteers handing out energy gels, and most of your sanity? You get some of the gnarliest races out there.

Anna Callaghan
Oct 6, 2014